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Youngstown/Lewiston, NY

A great riverfront house in Youngstown. Note to self - keep appropriate footwear in vehicle at all times.

Spring Home Staging in Western New York is in full swing.  Several open projects have me resorting back to my spreadsheet system.  A problem I welcome.

This week was all over the board.  It was primarily consumed with designing and packing for a vacant. The painting is complete, the color palette is hot and the design is coming together nicely.

Interestingly, I’ve seen an explosion in the number of requests for exterior color consultations.  The “artsy” neighborhoods in Buffalo are a favorite.  The older homes have quite a bit of gingerbread and architectural detail.  They allow for a little more creativity with making funky color choices.

By now, we all know staging a property is such a smart investment!  It works and it does send the message of a well cared-for home. That series of first impressions highlighting your home‘s features, allows the buyer to feel at home, not in your home.  The before and after photos tell the story.  Eventually, I’ll spend a day editing and uploading pictures.  Until then, the Staging itself is the priority!

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Uppercase Living & The Home Staging Source


Uppercase Living The Home Staging Source

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve become an Uppercase Living demonstrator.  The thing is, I’m constantly telling clients they should remove their Uppercase Living sentiments and paint.  Staging your home to sell is depersonalizing so your home appeals to the broadest amount of potential buyers.  Uppercase Living is clearly personalizing.  I now can immediately offer the sentiment replacement for your new home…… or perhaps add to your collection during Redesign projects.

Case in point:  I am working on six open projects right now.  Two of the owners are Uppercase Living fans. One is devastated that the wall should be painted to sell the house as it symbolizes great personal feelings and memories.  A replacement for the new home can be ordered while the old is being removed. As I help clients move in and personalize the new space(s), several new sentiments can be added to reflect a new beginning.  An Uppercase Living customer is a true & loyal fan.  Adding UL to my Home Staging & Redesign business is a natural fit and a perfect way to make a new home a reflection of your unique personality.

Whether you identify with a deeply motivational thought, a beautiful embellishment, a bold image, or a combination of these, Uppercase Living® expressions let you be who you are and let you express that uniqueness in your surroundings.  Orders can be placed directly on my UL website from anywhere in the country.

Redesign a room, add passion and thought-provoking reminders to your current surroundings, or make your new home a reflection of your personality with one of the hottest trends in home decor………. Uppercase Living®


Spring Valley Landscaping

Take Advantage of the Early Spring & Update Your Staged Curb Appeal With SPRING VALLEY LANDSCAPING

The aesthetic charm of a house when first seen from the road aka curb appeal is such an important factor in the staging of your house.  Replace your web pictures of a snowy lawn with clean and current snapshots of Spring.  This year, we have such such an early start on cleaning out beds, raking the lawn, pressure-washing, and planning the planting of insanely gorgeous garden vignettes! I can’t stress enough the importance of purging spent shrubs (see portfolio).  If you’re home is vacant it is especially important to maintain a mowed, clean and well cared for exterior look.

In the Southtowns we are fortunate to have one of the best in the business for curb appeal help just a phone call or email away. Spring Valley Landscaping, located in East Concord, has been providing Western New York with quality landscaping since 1997.  From consultation to execution and maintenance, you’ll receive professional support for all phases of your project.

Their service area is focused on:  Springville, East Concord, Colden, Boston, Eden, Hamburg, East Aurora, Orchard Park, and the surrounding areas. They cater to both residential and commercial clients. Spring Valley Landscaping will help you create the beautiful yard you have always desired.  One that will make people want to see more!

Do your vacant listing or your occupied home a favor.  Call and schedule your consultation, 716-560-8079; or send an email to  

Since we don’t want buyers to do a drive-by and keep driving….. put curb appeal at the top of your Spring to-do list.

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The Lake House


The Home Staging Source - The Lake House


Yesterday, I began a new project.  I’ve staged many, many homes in Western New York.  I’ve really liked many of them.  This house is not the biggest house I’ve staged by far.  It’s not the most expensive but I am completely and utterly smitten with everything about this house.  It is the picture of serenity …… with a private beach, stunning view, an ideal layout, quality craftsmanship throughout, and move in ready to boot.

How I would love to combine my dark brown/black soil that I grow my fields of flowers in, with the sweet sound of the rolling ocean-like waves.  I will post the pictures of the staging transformation.  When this property is listed, I doubt it will last long.  Stay tuned.


Home Staging Video – ABC 20/20

The Benefits of Home Staging


The Importance of Home Staging in Today’s Market

by Jason Shapiro, Broker/Principal at Rising Realty in Chicago; (847) 910-0567

A great looking and staged home can give a seller a leg up on their competition.

Staging has become such a hot button these days that some sellers are now hiring a home stager before a Realtor. Read the full article here.

A staged room using a small budget that was spent on paint, one brown sheet and a throw pillow. Major difference.



Home Staging Video – NBC Weekend Today


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